South Walton Beach Rules & Safety Info

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by SoWal Staff, Jun 19, 2013.

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  1. James Bentwood

    James Bentwood Beach Fanatic

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    People who pay thousands of dollars to stay art a place don't always expect to have to be responsible. They expect to be catered to and cleaned up after, at a resort or a "SoWal Town".

    That's just the way it is. Fighting it is a waste of time. Resorts hire security and people to take care of guests and to clean up, etc. Walton County can do the same or suffer the consequences. Or we as a community can decide we don't want to kneel to tourism and change it up. But you can't keep building rentals and expect that to work out.
     
  2. FactorFiction

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    We can agree to disagree, but I believe that, over time, we can attract the kind of people who come here because they truly appreciate and respect our natural resources and help keep them nice for all. I'm told that the parks do not have trash cans on the beach and that they have little problem with trash left where it doesn't belong. To your point, we also don't have to "kneel" to tourism. We could actually have a balance, which doesn't really exist today.
     
  3. bob bob

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    I think we should try to improve. But I think real change will cause pain. It will likely mean fewer visitors and this area has sold out.

    To make change locals would need to be more involved, campaigns against litter, education, campaigns about taking very little to the beach while eliminating vendors ... lots of ideas but stepping on toes not easy or fun. When it comes down to it, money talks. Which is why the kind of stuff you are talking about won't happen. Change comes from top down or bottom up. The top is too busy counting money and the bottom is beach lovers who would rather be sunning, drinking, fishing ....
     
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    Beach front owners have Banned Clean trucks on ALL beaches..wake up..
     
  5. FactorFiction

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    Not true. That may be what some would have people believe, but it is not true. Dig deep and find out. There is plenty of the beach that can be reached, but it's easier to blame a few owners and stop cleaning the beach than to go to a little more effort and clean most of the beach.
     
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    I don't give up easily. No change is ever easy, but not trying seals the deal.
     
  7. James Bentwood

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    One beachfront owner can cut off entire sections of beach. A few beachfront owners can ruin an entire community.

    Last I heard the county had kneeled for beachfront lawyers by offering to document that having access to clean the beaches did not demonstrate anything that would keep beachfront owners from banning people from the beaches next to their houses.
     
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    Glad something's being done about it, though I wonder how much teeth something like this really has. Ultimately it boils down to how individuals (mostly visitors) treat the area. It's not always easy to be polite while explaining common sense civility.
     
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